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Tag: Agronomy

Coming of Age: the Organic Community of India

organic farm beds cultivation

The largest organic farming confluence in the world – over 2,500 participants from 22 states of India – gathered at the National Organic Convention in Chandigarh from Feb 28 to March 2, 2015. The flood of registrations had to be stopped a month in advance. Such zeal surely signals the growing recognition of agro-ecology as …

What is going on in agriculture?

Annual rural wage growth from September 2007 to November 2014

On one hand, we have glowing reports of the growth in agriculture, particularly horticulture. On the other, we have “Rural wage growth lowest in 10 years, signals farm distress, falling inflation“. To me, this indicates that farmers are doing more for less. Add to this the drastic disinterest in schemes like NREGA, reduced legal restrictions …

How I got interested in farmer suicides

Indian regional languages distribution

In 2006, I attended an event of ISABS. I had just returned to Mumbai after spending several years in the mountains, and was still missing rural life. So when the community turned out to have two activists from rural Andhra Pradesh, who also happened to share the room next to mine, I tended to prefer …